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The joy of sax: In tune with a beautiful day

[media-credit name="Photo by Milo Hess " align="alignleft" width="600"][/media-credit] Making the most of Saturday’s great weather, a saxophone player bebopped out to a bench in Washington Square Park and channeled his inner Bird.

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Plaque recalls spot where Dizzy, Ravi and Duke jammed

[media-credit name="Photos by Albert Amateau " align="alignleft" width="225"][/media-credit] Jazz fan Nuri Akgul has owned 108 Waverly Place since 1996. By ALBERT AMATEAU  |  In a neighborhood renowned for its historic and cultural heritage, another bronze plaque on a building might go unnoticed. But the plaque installed on March 21 at 108 Waverly Place marks a read more here »

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Tattoos, Weasel and the Vampire Woman: What a messe

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Jochen Auer’s Vienna Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe in the Gasometer continues to bring high-level, world-class talent to his public. A messe is a fair, and the Gasometer is four huge, 19th-century, brick gas tanks that have been converted for various uses, from office and residential to entertainment. One of the contributions I read more here »

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BY LESLEY SUSSMAN | Marilyn Louie, the longtime Chinatown newsstand owner who the city wants to evict from her spot because her stand is 3 inches too close to the building in front of it, got a bit of unwelcome news last week from the Department of Transportation. “They called on Monday and suggested that read more here »

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Basketball City is shooting  for May opening on L.E.S.

BY BONNIE ROSENSTOCK  |  After years of setbacks, community contention and construction delays, Basketball City is finally slated to open in mid-May on the East River waterfront’s Pier 36. There is anticipation from all quarters — neighborhood groups, waiting for owner Bruce Radler to fulfill his commitments to the community; local kids, already signed up read more here »

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’Net pioneer isn’t giving up on .nyc or on 481 others

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The Internet is getting crowded. It’s something that East Village tech entrepreneur Paul Garrin has been saying for years. “The Internet is like the phone system — they needed more area codes,” Garrin explained. Now, ICANN, the nebulous organization that oversees the ’Net, is poised to approve possibly hundreds of new read more here »

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Pro soccer is making a pitch for stadium on park’s Pier 40

[media-credit name="Photo courtesy Major League Soccer " align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit] At an event Major League Soccer held in Harlem in October, Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry — the league’s leading scorer and a World Cup champion with France — greeted young soccer players. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Will Beckham be bending it sometime soon on Pier read more here »

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The 411 from the Feline

Some new Friends: Friends of Hudson River Park this week announced that its board of directors has six new members. “We are proud to add such a variety of strong nonprofit, real estate and financial management experts to our already impressive board,” said A. J. Pietrantone, Friends’ executive director. “As we sharpen our focus on read more here »

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N.Y.U. scales back its superblocks plan 17 percent

[media-credit name="Photo by Lincoln Anderson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Borough President Scott Stringer announced the agreement, along with N.Y.U. President John Sexton, left, and Councilmember Margaret Chin, right. They were joined by community leaders, from left to right, Zella Jones of the Noho Neighborhood Association; Lawrence Goldberg, president of Friends of LaGuardia Place; David Gruber, co-chairperson read more here »

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Police Blotter, April 12, 2012

Auxiliary officer killed An auxiliary police officer assigned to the 13th Precinct, which covers the East Side between 14th and 29th Sts., was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the back at 6 a.m. Wed., April 4, near his home in Canarsie. The officer, Francky Aleger, 40, was not on police duty at read more here »

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